Title: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold | Book 1 Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency
Author: Iain Reading
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: December 3, 2012
Genre: Fiction | Adventure | Middle Grade | Young Adult | Mystery
About Kitty Hawk: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.
After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.
Thank you to Book Publicity Services for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Review: KITTY HAWK AND THE CURSE OF THE YUKON GOLD is the perfect blend of adventure, mystery, and history – from Kitty being kidnapped chasing down gold thieves, immersed in the rich history of the Yukon (Klondike) Gold Rush, to climbing the summit of Chilkoot Pass – I was hooked from the get-go! The storyline resonated with me because I live in British Columbia and have a keen interest in the Alaskan wilderness and a longtime love of whales dating back to my childhood dreams of becoming a marine biologist.
The story begins with a double prologue, one of which has nothing to do with the story but may tie in to other books in the series… Kitty is a passionate seaplane pilot who wants to spend her summer in Alaska studying the migration route of humpback whales between her hometown of Tofino, British Columbia and Juneau, Alaska. She reaches out to a local travel clothing company for sponsorship. Dreams do come true and Kitty packs up her De Havilland Beaver and flies to Juneau to stay with her best friend’s relatives. Kitty spends her days soaring above the water photographing the whales and gathering data to share in a joint venture with a couple of universities. Her curiosity gets the better of her when she deliberately stumbles upon a group of gold thieves who take her hostage. There is a crescendo of amazing plot twists that lead to an unexpected alliance and friendship that makes this story so likeable.
Kitty brings a fresh and contemporary verve to the middle grade and young adult genres where girls are often portrayed as anxiety ridden products from broken families and overbearing parents. Kitty is unabashed, ambitious, and sharp – she’s the whole delightful, charming package!
Every young girl should have a fictional character she aspires to be one day and Kitty Hawk is it! This book is appropriate for all ages and I cannot wait to read Book 2, Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost!